St. Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church

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The Witness 2/6-2/14


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Saturday, February 6, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, February 7, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, February 9, 7am Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, February 10, 6:30pm Vespers

Thursday, February 11, 10am Divine Liturgy

Saturday, February 13, 6:30pm Vespers

Sunday, February 14, 9am Matins 10am Divine Liturgy


Third Hour Prayers are offered Monday through Friday at 9am on the Facebook Livestream

Parish Council will be installed and meet Sunday, February 7.

House Blessing Sign Up here:

Anniversaries: Joseph and Meg Goshorn-Maroney (2/8)

Names Days: Kristin Boruff (2/10 St. Anna of Novgorod)

Matthew 15:21-28 (Gospel)

Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

1 Timothy 1:15-17 (Epistle)

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Tone 2 Troparion (Resurrection)

When You descended to death, O Life Immortal,

You slew hell with the splendor of Your Godhead.

And when from the depths You raised the dead,

all the powers of heaven cried out://

“O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You!”

Tone 1 Troparion (Feast)

Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, Full of Grace!

From you shone the Sun of Righteousness, ^Christ our God,

enlightening those who sat in darkness.

Rejoice and be glad, O righteous Elder,

you accepted in your arms the ^Redeemer of our souls,//

Who grants us the Resurrection!

Tone 4 Troparion (St. Parthenius)

In truth you were revealed to your flock as a rule of faith,

an image of humility and a teacher of abstinence;

your humility exalted you;

your poverty enriched you.

O Hierarch Father Parthenius,

entreat Christ our God//

that our souls may be saved!

Tone 2 Kontakion (Resurrection)

Hell became afraid, O almighty Savior,

seeing the miracle of Your Resurrection from the tomb!

The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with You,//

and the world, my Savior, praises You forever.

Tone 3 Kontakion (St. Parthenius)

You received divine grace to work miracles/

wise and holy God-bearing wonderworker Parthenius.

You cleansed the passions of all the faithful

and drove out evil spirits.//

Therefore, we praise you as a great initiate of the grace of God.

Tone 1 Kontakion (Feast)

By Your Nativity You sanctified the Virgin’s womb

and blessed Simeon’s hands, ^O Christ God.

Now You have come and saved us through love.

Grant peace to all Orthodox Christians,//

O only Lover of Man!